andre's blog

No more Mr JavaScript guy?

After doing some web development work recently, I have clearly remembered why I hate JavaScript so much. Not only is it ugly as a language, lacking in type checking or even decent syntax for inheritance (actually faking it with various workarounds), but the actual fact of having effectively two separate code bases - front end and back end forces you to repeat quite a bit of code. And hunting for missing variables and fields or mismatching types is the favourite pastime of JavaScript developers.

Ubuntu 15.04 freezing

I use Ubuntu (a modern Linux distribution) as my main work station. Everything worked fine until I upgraded from version 14.10 to 15.04 of the OS. At this point strange things started to happen. After working for an hour or two my environment would freeze and stop responding altogether. Neither Ctrl-Alt-Del nor Ctrl-Alt-Backspace would produce any reaction. I couldn't connect to the machine remotely as well. Only hard reset would take me out of this state.

Google's Inbox

Earlier I wrote about issues with the new offer from Google - the "Inbox" mail service. Recently Google released updates for its Inbox web and Android clients. As a result, it works almost perfectly. In particular:

Scala "const" values

val values in Scala are, by specification, const, or final in Javaspeak. That means once assigned, they cannot be re-assigned. This doesn't mean that the assignment has to be something dull or simple. In fact, you can have a large piece of code doing all sorts of calculations with the result assigned to your value. Do it like this:

SBT and IntelliJ Idea

Recent versions of Idea (14 at the time of writing) play along quite nicely with SBT (Simple Build Tool - not so simple in fact). It can load project definitions, even when multiple subprojects are defined, and work with them. Unfortunately, it does the reading only once, when you import the project into the IDE. If you update your definitions afterwards, for example, when you add a new dependency, Idea might not be aware of the change. How to fix that?